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May 31, 2014 7:47:40 PM

Hey all,
Recently I was playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive and my computer locked up, I couldn't do anything, the computer as well as all my peripherals were unresponsive. After turning my computer off and attempting to restart it loads to the first windows startup screen and then goes completely black.

I am unsure if this is a hardware problem or a driver problem, So far i've checked all the connections the GPU, Reseated the GPU, uninstalled and reinstalled all the drivers, reinstalled windows. When i boot up in safe mode it loads windows fine, as well as when I roll back the settings for my GPU in the device manager and it comes up as "Standard VGA Adapter". So it seems to only not get past this point on startup when I have the drivers installed.

My Specs:
Mobo: Asrock z87m extreme4
GPU: Windforce R9 290 4GB
CPU: Intel i5 4570
RAM: 8GB

Not sure if you need the specs, I was wondering if anyone has any clue what the problem is?

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a b $ Windows 7
May 31, 2014 7:53:17 PM

Double check your 290 is locked in the pc slot and the power connectors are on properly.

If you just run on the integrated graphics, does it fire up OK?
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May 31, 2014 8:02:44 PM

It seems to be locked into the slot correctly and the 6Pin and 8 Pin connectors are in fine, It runs fine on integrated graphics
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a b $ Windows 7
May 31, 2014 8:06:04 PM

Your 290 drivers up to date?

Try your 290 in another pc. Try another card in your pc.
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May 31, 2014 8:08:38 PM

i7Baby said:
Your 290 drivers up to date?

Try your 290 in another pc. Try another card in your pc.


I attempted to use both the latest stable release of the drivers and the 14.6 beta drivers, both cause the same problem, the second I install the drivers the PC fails to load past the first windows screen.
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a b $ Windows 7
May 31, 2014 8:55:22 PM

OK - I'm suspecting something wrong with your 290.

Try your 290 in another pc. Try another card in your pc.
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May 31, 2014 11:23:23 PM

I threw in my old card and it works fine, However I don't have another computer to put the 290 in, Is it safe to assume this is a hardware issue?
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a b $ Windows 7
May 31, 2014 11:24:45 PM

I think your card is faulty.
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